One more retailer has announced bankruptcy, and they're planning to close all remaining Arizona locations.

It's hard to pin the bankruptcy and closure of this once mighty chain store on a single cause.

rue 21 going out of business

Was it the steady shift away from brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online retailers? Could the downsizing and closure of malls across the United States be a factor? Or was it the pandemic that provided the final nail in the coffin for this clothing chain?

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Going Out of Business in Arizona

According to USAToday, clothing retailer rue21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The chain plans to close all of its over 500 stores nationwide. At last count, there were still seven rue21 stores located in Arizona, nearly all of them in Maricopa County.

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rue 21 going out of business

The rue21 Stores Closing in Arizona

The stores will remain open during the going out of business sales. These are the seven rue21 locations in Arizona:

  • 6800 North 95th Avenue, Glendale
  • 1400 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear
  • 6555 East Southern Avenue, Mesa
  • 13375 West Grand Avenue, Surprise
  • 7611 West Thomas Road, Phoenix
  • 5613 East State Route 69, Prescott
  • 5000 South Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe
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rue21: The Lastest Casualty of the Pandemic

According to US News, rue21 is just the latest in a string of retail closures since the end of the pandemic shutdown. While many of these businesses were ailing before the lockdown, the global shutdown was the end of the road for them.

rue 21 going out of business

Bed Bath & Beyond, J.Crew, JCPenney, and Hertz were a few of the corporations that didn't make it. While the pandemic isn't the total cause of these retailers' demise, the shutdown pushed them toward their last gasp.

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